Through the teaching of Religious Education, we hope all our children are educated to develop spiritually, emotionally, educationally and morally. This will enable them to understand themselves and others, and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in such a diverse world.
RE teaching is inspirational and underpins the curriculum through our St John the Baptist Beliefs. Children spend two thirds of RE curriculum time learning about and from Christianity. They explore the teachings of Jesus through the PA Scheme of work adapted from the HLT/ SACRE scheme of work. The remaining third is spent learning about the other 5 main world religions: Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The religions are mapped out across the school to ensure appropriate coverage. As a Church of England School, RE is taught weekly for a minimum of 1 hour.
Each RE lesson follows a similar structure: Hook, introduction and teaching, independent activities, plenary and review. At the start of each new topic, children complete a ‘Big Book’ art or drama focused lesson which is recorded in the class Big Book. Each lesson, children are encouraged to think spiritually and ask questions. They articulate what they have learnt about religion (AT1) and from religion(AT2) every session, applying their knowledge across religions to make links.